Theme decorating


A common musical style is known as “theme and variation,” in which a theme is established and then re-created with variations in rhythm, style and color. Each variation is a different “take” on the same theme. Home decoration can be approached in much the same way. For instance, the “nautical” theme is very popular. Each … Read more

Matching Furniture – Avoid the Matchy-Matchy Look

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What do we think about matching furniture sets? Please, no! The hallmark of good interior design is the coordinated balance of materials – creating a symbiotic relationship between all the elements. Each piece should complement the other. But, matching furniture sets – particularly upholstered sets – are too much and really quite boring. Even if … Read more

My New Book!

Early last Spring (as in 2014) I was contacted by an editor from Globe Pequot press about they upcoming 6th edition revision and update of their book How to Start a Home-Base Interior Design Business and they asked if I’d be interested in doing the job. It was great timing for my schedule at that moment … Read more

Outlander Elegant Scottish Mansions

At long last “Droutlander” is over. Starz network’s production of Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” book 1 took a very long mid-season break (5+ months) and finally returned last week. (hence the term “Droughtlander” to those missing their fix of the tales of Claire Randall Fraser (20th century English nurse) and Jamie Fraser (18th century Scottish warrior). … Read more

American Blanket Company

I received an offer from the American Blanket Company, located in Fall River, Massachusetts, to test out one of their soft fleecy blankets. Well, I am a girl who loves a blankie (I’ll admit it!) and I have a dog who REALLY loves a soft blankie! American Blanket Company stems from a line of family … Read more

2015 Dining By Design New York

I was in NYC last week for the Architectural Digest Home Show (which was crazy crowded on trade/press day). I stayed at The Lucerne Hotel on the Upper West Side. I’ve stayed here before and it’s a lovely small hotel that is very clean, elegant and comfortable. We got upgraded to a small suite which … Read more

Meet The Artist: Marye-Kelley

Melinda Marye-Kelley has been creating these beautiful decoupage accessories for seventeen years. Based in Houston, Melinda and her husband bill now over see a staff to handle their orders, but all pieces are still handmade. As seen in: New England Home Magazine

The Mandarin Oriental Spa and Bar Boulud in Boston

Mandarin Oriental Boston Spa

As mentioned on Friday, I was looking forward to enjoying the offerings of the Mandarin Oriental Spa in Boston, followed by dinner at Bar Boulud afterwards on Saturday. Let me just sayhat the spa was fantastic. From the moment you walk in, the service and ambience are perfection. You sit in this nice lobby and … Read more

The Chatham Bars Inn, Cape Cod

For this third installment in Spa Week, I take you to the Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod. Located in the picturesque town of Chatham, the Inn is a sprawling seaside retreat. Although Cape Cod is literally my back yard and didn’t seem like it would be much of a get away, the Chatham Bars … Read more

The Mount Washington Resort

    The Omni Mt. Washington Resort has long been on my “must visit” lists. In this 2nd Spa Week post, I am sharing the gorgeousness of this hotel and spa. It was on our short list for a spa getaway. This place has something for everyone all year long. Built between 1900 and 1902 … Read more

Canyon Ranch Berkshires

Happy New Year everyone! Are you ready for 2015? My holidays were very nice, on the quiet side, but lots of time spent with friends and family, and of course my little RoyRoy! With the new year comes the usual self-evaluation, resolutions and hopes of doing things just a little bit better in the year … Read more

How to reupholster a chair seat

I don’t know why, but the weekend around the 4th of July always finds me tackling some unexpected DIY project. Today, I wanted to share how to reupholster a chair seat. I bought these chairs several years ago and the fabric on them (see above) was fine – would never show wear and mostly matched … Read more